NEW YORK, NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 13: Rachelle Lefevre attends the 'Proven Innocent' New York screening at The Paley Center for Media on February 13, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Dominik Bindl/Getty Images)
TV - Movies
Why The Twilight
Saga Replaced
Rachelle Lefevre
With Bryce
Dallas Howard
When the "Twilight" series kicked off in 2008 with the first film, led by Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson, Canadian actress Rachelle Lefevre originated the role of the villainous Victoria Sutherland. However, if you were paying attention, you may have noticed that by the time the franchise's third movie, "Eclipse," arrived in 2010, Victoria was played by Bryce Dallas Howard.
Apparently, Lefevre — who was told that her firing was due to a scheduling conflict — was pretty shocked about her dismissal from the "Twilight Saga." As Lefevre explained to Entertainment Weekly in 2009, "I was stunned by Summit's decision to recast the role of Victoria for 'Eclipse.'"
Ultimately, Summit responded to Lefevre's comments, and they certainly had a different take on the issue, saying that Lefevre's role in "Barney's Version" was a huge conflict. Summit strongly pushed back against Lefevre's claims, saying they "acted in good faith that she would be available to fulfill her obligations both in terms of rehearsals and shooting availability for ‘Eclipse.'"
When The Guardian first reported on the casting switch, production executive Erik Feig stated, "We are incredibly happy that Bryce has agreed to come into the franchise. Rachelle brought Victoria to great screen life and Bryce will bring a new dimension to the character."
We may never fully understand the truth behind Lefevre's departure from "Twilight," but luckily, the actress has worked steadily since her dismissal from the blockbuster, franchise kicking of her TV career on shows like “Off The Map,” “A Gifted Map,” and “Under The Dome.” Meanwhile, Howard went on to appear in buzzworthy television shows like "Black Mirror" and blockbuster films like "The Help" and the "Jurassic World" series.